Biomimicry Lecture Series, Calgary 2020

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January 31, 2020

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Join us for the second presentation of the Biomimicry Lecture Series at the Calgary Central Library, Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall.

Be inspired by stories about bees, barnacles, bacteria and more, and learn how strategies used by these organisms are inspiring new technology and design solutions. Presenters: Jorge Zapote, Mindi Summers, Marjan Eggermont, Kai Costantini and more. Organized in partnership with the Calgary Library and BUILDEX Alberta.

  • Moderator: Jorge Zapote 
    The University of Calgary | HBI · Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mindi Summers – From bees to barnacles: design inspired by Alberta native bees and West Coast marine invertebrates
    Dr. Mindi Summers is an invertebrate zoologist and biology education researcher at the University of Calgary.
  • Marjan Eggermont – From barnacles to bacteria: recent development in bio-inspired design
    Dr. Marjan Eggermont teaches bio-inspired design, art and engineering, information visualization, and technology & society at The Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary.
  • Kai Costantini – Title TBD
    Kai works as a Strategic Business Consultant, partnering with regenerative and well-adapted tech ventures and other initiatives.

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“Waste” by Nature available in RCA proceedings

https://conference.recycle.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads//2019/10/CarlosFiorentino.pdf

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The Nature Exchange: a new gallery and experimental space to learn from nature.

The Nature Exchange is a new gallery at the Telus World of Science Edmonton where you can trade, analyze, discuss, interpret and catalogue natural items. The Nature Exchange gallery is a truly diverse experience, with an Animal Zone and the Field Station to discover. You can meet George and Badger, the sugar gliders; or Alphie, the corn snake, or Shelob the tarantula, or Iggy the bearded dragon! Participate in unique exhibits like identifying different trace evidence left behind by animals, or studying photographs taken at various Alberta Camera Traps. You can even use microscopes to study real samples, like compare carnivore teeth vs. herbivore teeth. Biomimicry Alberta’s core member Carlos Fiorentino was selected as one of the “Spotlight Scientists,” and samples of structural colour will be included in the gallery.

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Two Biomimicry Alberta researchers interviewed for BUGS 101: Insect-Human Interactions

Mary Glasper (Biologist) and Carlos Fiorentino (Designer) were interviewed as part of module 12 “Products, Science and Technology” of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) BUGS 101 “Insect-Human Interactions”. Mooc’s are a very successful University of Alberta’s initiative partnered with Coursera. Just in a few days more than 2,000 students registered to the BUGS 101.

In BUGS 101 Module 12 Mary talks about the use of silks and Carlos about biomimicry and structural colour.

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Zero Waste and Circular Economy Conversations in Calgary

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Resources: Life-Friendly Chemistry Summary, designed by Kira Hunt

This pdf is a summary of the concepts learned at the first biomimicry workshop focusing on Life-Friendly Chemistry, held in India on March 2019.  This work was informed by lessons from Mark Dorfman of Biomimicry 3.8 and Tim Ward of the University of New Mexico.  If you have any questions or corrections, contact kira.hunt@live.ca

Please use, share, and build on this work.

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